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Training Log Archive: iansmith

In the 7 days ending Nov 24, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+mload
  Orienteering3 3:14:53 13.67(14:15) 22.0(8:52)33c118.4
  Running2 1:03:08 7.58(8:20) 12.2(5:10)26.6
  Total4 4:18:01 21.25(12:08) 34.2(7:33)33c145.0

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Sunday Nov 24, 2013 #

8 AM

Orienteering 45:00 [1] *** 4.0 km (11:15 / km)
14c shoes: 201304 Inov-8 Oroc 280s

Hanging the green and orange controls for the rec courses. I stumbled upon one Traverse control (#13), as Jeff and I hadn't managed to sync up our controls. I think any advantage I received was getting into the woods and seeing them - which anyone could have done, but that was more than compensated by loss of energy, even though I wasn't running all that fast.
11 AM

Running 5:00 [1] 1.0 km (5:00 / km)
shoes: 201304 Inov-8 Oroc 280s

Running from parking to the start, including getting lost and wandering around for a bit. I'm surprised I've managed to put 363 km on my Orocs, especially since they are still structurally sound.

Orienteering 1:49:53 [4] *** 13.0 km (8:27 / km)
19c shoes: 201304 Inov-8 Oroc 280s

2013 Blue Hills Traverse. After some urging, I persuaded Giacomo to come to the race, and drove to Harvard to pick him up at 10 AM. Despite the absurdly cold weather, the field was solid with 42 starters; top contenders included Giacomo, Ethan, special HVO guest Andis, Dave Donaldson, Jean-Charles, and others.

The Traverse is the poorer relation of the Billygoat chiefly because it is always held in the Blue Hills. The variety of the Billygoat (and the novelty of the skip) makes it a much more popular and widely attended event. If the Traverse were in a more convenient location (e.g. Blue Mountain), perhaps the field would be deeper. I regretted the absence of feet and Andrew. I think of the Traverse as my race even though I've never actually won it; because I've set it twice (and actually only contended in 2012 and 2013), I am intimately familiar with the terrain.

I started very strong: Giacomo and I were running together out of start, but I took a better route on the long leg. I also broke away from him exiting, punching through some green to pull out of sight on the trail run. I really wanted to avoid getting stuck on a trail run with Ethan or Giacomo; I figured my best shot was to get away from them early. Despite a 30s hesitation in the circle at 2, I was a minute in the lead. I lost a minute at 3 getting stuck among the rocks, and was only up 15s on blueman Andis, and we took the road run to 4 nearly together.

A major trail that I was planning on using to attack 5 had been deleted recently by DCR, so I bashed through green slash on the hill summit. There are lots of smallish boulders near 5, and I wandered around asking "are you my boulder?" before finally spotting it; Ethan, Giacomo and Dave all caught up. Furious, I bashed down to 6, which we all punched simultaneously, and tried to pick up some distance on the short legs 7-10. At control 10, Giacomo, Ethan, Andis, and I were all together. This was precisely the situation I wanted to avoid, with maybe 5-6 km of medium trail legs left.

We all took the same route right to 11, and Andis fell a little behind. As we merry three were running down the trail to 12, I made the decision of the course: I tried to be tricky and take a more direct route through the woods rather than the trail route I expected them to take. I executed my route adequately, though with a small loss, but entered the circle at 12 to find Giacomo and Ethan together leaving it about a minute up on me. I took the left trail route to 14 and lost 30s on route, 30s in the circle to G/E. At this point, the race was already lost. To add insult to injury, despite nailing my attackpoint (end of higher stone wall), I somehow failed to move 80m up the hill to 15, managing to hit about three other clearings before finally finding the control when Andis came into the circle. I have never been angrier during a race than I was at that moment - overwhelmingly frustrated with my inability to find the control. I seriously considered quitting the race in my rage.

Andis and I blasted down the hill to 16, and I foolishly decided to take 17 straight rather than than bouncing off the left trail. I pulled ahead at 18, but threw away my small lead by botching 19, and Andis beat me for the irrelevant 3rd place. Misc: Dressed for speed: Axis blue O-pants, long sleeve, CSU top, gloves. I drank a monster and a medium DD coffee 3 and 1.5 hours in advance, and only consumed half of a fig newton and a cup of gatorade during the race. No Gu.

What lessons can be learned? Had I been alone at 11, I would have taken a less risky route to 12, but I felt I had to gamble. Perhaps in a three way run to the finish with little route choice, there isn't a way to decisively win, but it is possible to decisively lose. My fitness can improve, but I wasn't exhausted or broken by the end. I did walk some short steep trail uphills, e.g. to 5 and 11. I need to practice the psychology of trying to chase someone down, especially someone who is as fast as I am. Most importantly, I need to take gasoline to the hill around 15 and burn that entire swath of forest to the ground.

Saturday Nov 23, 2013 #

3 PM

Orienteering 40:00 [1] 5.0 km (8:00 / km)
shoes: 201304 Inov-8 Oroc 280s

Running about the Blue Hills. I dislike the ski area start location, and I'm not particularly happy with my rec courses. But c'est la vie.

Thursday Nov 21, 2013 #

6 PM

Running 23:58 [1] 4.5 km (5:20 / km)
shoes: 201210 Inov-8 Road X 255

Run to the Harvard track + 1 km (ish) around the track warming up with Alex, Giacomo, and Izzy. We discussed relay champs and how DVOA has made a Faustian bargian. My Forerunner 405 seems to be teetering on the edge of demise; it didn't bother to locate satellites this session, and it took effort to extract my lap splits. I dropped it on its bezel while passing through airport security on November 8, destroying over half of the screen. I will probably refurbish the 305, as that's cheaper.

I felt poorly prepared - two weeks of virtually no training, erratic sleep, and two ill-advised slices of pizza at 5:30 PM. Still, I decided to run it aggressively, and Giacomo was my rabbit.

Running race 10:42 [5] 3.0 km (3:34 / km)
shoes: 201210 Inov-8 Road X 255

Because of my Gimpy Garmin, I had no split data during the course of the time trial. I was 3m behind Giacomo at the 600, and about 7m back at 1k. I started to drift back and was really suffering on the last km. I was about 150m back when Giacomo finished. It turns out that I did a terrible job pacing myself. I had a bad stomachache when I finished. Oddly enough, I had the first movement of Brahms 4 in my head for the duration of the run.

39, 82, 84 = 3:25
85, 2:10 = 3:35
44, 89, 89 = 3:42

Unsurprisingly, I was viciously aligatored. I shall attempt the TT again before the end of the year in a quest for better results, though this was only 11s off my PR. This fact is both good and bad.

Running 23:28 [1] 3.7 km (6:21 / km)
shoes: 201210 Inov-8 Road X 255

Run back to 7CC.

Monday Nov 18, 2013 #

(sick) (rest day)

Feeling burned out.

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